Things That Gave Us Life This Week: "Mara, Please Make It So" Edition
Words: mater mea
Our weekly roundup of the best things that happened online and IRL.
The Root gave those of us who still pine for "Girlfriends," the long-running television show focused on the lives of best friends Toni, Maya, Joan, and Lynn, two things to be excited about this week. Six years after its cancellation, TV One is set to air reruns soon (get the Merlot ready, y'all) and Mara Brock Akil tweeted that she was working on getting a "Girlfriends" movie made.
We ask the movie-making powers that be give us "Girlfriends: The Movie" and just forget about making that rumored "Sex and the City 3."
Wig designer Hadiiya Barbel has made some of the most well-known musicians, television personalities, and models queens with her Crowns, her line of customized hairpieces. But, as she told us in her 2013 mater mea feature, she's more excited about the work she does with women and children who have lost their hair for medical reasons.
So we were incredibly moved when we learned about Barbel's latest good deed from photographer Joey Rosado's Instagram. Madison is a little girl who lost all of her locs due to alopecia. Her family was told it would be impossible to find a wig that would replicate what she lost. But thanks to social media, they were able to find Barbel and her Crowns, and give Madison a gift we don't think she'll soon forget. (Read the full story here.)
- This essay by PhD student and mother of twins Porchia Moore on how she moved on after losing eight members of her family, including her mother, in quick succession is one of the most incredible expressions of strength we've read this week.
- We want to buy every last one of these beautiful illustrations of black women by French illustrator Nicholle Kobi.
- Everyone knows Beyoncé is a force to be reckoned with, but learning that she recorded 70 songs for her surprise eponymous album before whittling it down to 14 songs and 17 videos just made us respect Queen Bey even more.
- Slate's article on the myth of "talking white" has definitely sparked a discussion.
- If you're a big fan of podcasts like we are, we have to recommend Call Your Girlfriend, "a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere." The podcast features best friends Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow discussing pop culture and news of the day in a really irreverent way.
- And last but not least, all the great response to our new site design and layout gave us life this week. We can't thank you enough! (A special thank you goes out to some heavy hitters we couldn't have done this without.)